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The global energy sector is undergoing a dramatic transformation, led by trends in digitalisation and centralisation.

The way the world generates, distributes and consumes power is being reshaped by rapid growth in distributed renewable energy; decentralised gas and oil production; innovation in efficiency; and progress in software and analytics. Coupled with the rapid evolution of electric car and battery storage technologies, the scene is set for a digital energy revolution.

 

 

This revolution has already wiped tens of billions of dollars off the value of old-world electric utility companies that have been slow to embrace change. That trend is now extending to the oil and gas and mobility sectors. At the same time, billions of dollars of value will be created for companies that embrace change.

energyandcarbon.com is an informal forum for providing strategic, timely insight on the technologies and business models shaping the future of the energy and mobility sector, with the goal of aiding business and political leaders navigate the choppy transition ahead.

 

 

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Why 2019 will be the year of the EV

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  • Gerard Reid

There are five reasons why I think 2019 will become the year of the electric vehicle and why we will look back and say that 2019 was the year when we reached the tipping point: 1. Growing competiti

BMW, EV, ICE, Merceded
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PGE’s pro-coal strategy in Poland under fire

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  • Gerard Wynn

The coal-heavy strategy at Poland’s biggest utility, PGE, was hit this week by a provisional European Union agreement to end coal power capacity payments from 2025, adding to the utility’s existin

Carbon, carbon price, CO2, coal
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Why the future is batteries!

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  • Gerard Reid

Batteries have become an incredibly important and largely ignored part of our lives;  until of course your phone runs out of batteries!  Our digital lives would be impossible without batteries which

enegry storage, flow batteries, liquid metal, lithium-air
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UK public pension schemes plan shift towards renewable energy infrastructure

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  • Gerard Wynn

UK local government pension schemes responsible for more than 5 million public sector workers saw asset values nudge up last year, trailing bumper stock market growth the year before, while some said

Britain, LGPS, renewables,
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The last chance for the hydrogen economy?

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  • Gerard Reid

The idea of the hydrogen economy goes back to the early 1970s when the scientist John Bockris began promoting the idea of using hydrogen as an alternative to fossil fuels that could be used for transp

BMW i3, daimler, fuel cells, hydrogen
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Suspension of UK’s £3.8 billion capacity market is an opportunity for re-think

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  • Gerard Wynn

Suspension of Britain’s capacity market creates the opportunity to focus on more cost-effective and forward-looking solutions for safeguarding the country’s security of supply, which are likely to

CO2, coal, fossil fuels, gas
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European biomass power is a stranded asset risk

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  • Gerard Wynn

Britain's Drax power plant is one of Europe's biggest coal plants, and it is in the process of converting its boilers to become one of the world's biggest sources of biomass power. These are facts.

Biomass, Carbon, carbon price, climate change
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Lithium ion batteries versus supercapacitor

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  • Mark Cox and Olushola Ashiru

The price of lithium has climbed by 130% in recent weeks. Citibank believes demand will be 64% higher in the coming 5 years. Lithium is the ubiquitous energy storage element consumed in ever greater q

capacitors, Edison Power, Eestor, graphene
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Breakdown of the relationship between oil, gas and coal prices?

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  • Gerard Reid

We currently consume one thousand barrels of crude oil in each second of every day. It is by far the most important energy source used across the globe. Oil is used for heating, for electricity genera

coal, fossil fuels, fossils, gas
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Decoding the Paris climate agreement

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  • Gerard Wynn

The world concluded four years of negotiations on Saturday with the first universal agreement on climate change. Nearly 190 countries pledged national climate action, and all countries agreed a global

Carbon, carbon price, china, climate change
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The solar revolution is only starting…

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  • Gerard Reid

In theory, solar power has always been the perfect solution to our energy needs. Not only do our lifes and the lifes of nearly all living organisms on our planet depend on the light from the sun for e

Asia, Australia, Bell Laboratories, Chile
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The declining value of wind and solar to the German power system

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  • Jakob Schlandt and Lion Hirth

New evidence suggests that the value of wind and solar power on German wholesale power markets may decline rapidly in the next five years, potentially inflating the support they receive, and reinforci

baseload price, EEG, electricity, Energy Brainpool
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Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, and Renewable Energy

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  • Mark Cox and OlusholaAshiru

2008 was a watershed year for the global economy. At the same time that the market meltdown was happening, the birth of cryptocurrencies brought us Bitcoin, the first of the flood of cryptocurrencies

bitcoin, blockchain, cryptocurrencies, energy
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My “wild” energy predictions for 2018 – Laurent Segalen

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  • Laurent Segalen

As is customary, every respected or self-proclaimed expert comes with its predictions for the new year. These predictions are usually for more of the same, more or less. Hence, here are my slightly

2018 prediction, batteries, coal, nuclear power
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Energy in 2017 in numbers

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  • Gerard Reid, Gerard Wynn and Laurent Segalen

2017 proved to be an exciting year in energy but rather than telling you about why the oil price went up and why renewables are booming we decided to put down on paper some interesting statistics and

Areva, bitcoin, BMNW 225xe, carbon emission
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Ghana, Africa’s frontier in pay-as-you-go solar charging

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  • Peyton Fleming

KPANSHEGU, Ghana - In a remote savannah in northern Ghana, I’m sitting with a chief angry about the lack of lights in his 800-person village.  His residents can’t read at night. They have to walk

Africa, Ghana, off-grid, renewables
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OGCI’s Climate Initiative lacks initiative

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  • Stuart Haszeldine

When is $1 billion not a lot of money? Answer one, when you are trying to save the human species from global self-destruction. Answer two, when it is split 10 ways, and then again 10 ways. In an an

Carbon, carbon capture and storage, carbon price, CCS
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The Changing Nature of Grid Connections

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  • Alan Gooding

The current energy revolution is resulting in a move away from large traditional generation connected to consumers via the transmission network, to smaller local generation connected to the same distr

distributed energy resources, Distribution System Operator, DSO, Dynamic Curtailment
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The declining value of wind and solar to the German power system

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  • Jakob Schlandt and Lion Hirth

New evidence suggests that the value of wind and solar power on German wholesale power markets may decline rapidly in the next five years, potentially inflating the support they receive, and reinforci

baseload price, EEG, electricity, Energy Brainpool
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Our top ten energy and carbon blogs in 2015

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  • Gerard Reid and Gerard Wynn

We have now being running the Energy and Carbon Blog for a little over a year. We would like to thank all of our readers, and as way to cap off 2015 we include below ten of the most read blogs from th

Biomass, Musk's Law, oil price, Paris Agreement
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Our energy and climate predictions for 2016

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  • Gerard Reid and Gerard Wynn

Last year was an interesting year for energy and climate change! Traded oil and coal prices fell to multi-year lows, while there were record global installations of wind and solar power. On the climat

Bloom Energy, BMW i5, Chapter 11 bankruptcies, Chevy Bolt
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Osram’s Brave Move in Lighting

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  • Gerard Reid

In these times of fast technology change and increasing competition from China, India and other countries across the world, I am very critical of incumbents and how they deal with the challenges they

Asia, BMW, BMW 7 Series, china
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Italy: the Sleeping Beauty of Energy Efficiency

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  • Ivo Gattulli

Italy is finally coming out of a difficult economic crisis, as are Italy's industrial and business sectors. Now the common challenge is how to become more efficient in order to stay competitive, and "

20-20-20 goals, ancillary services, distribution, energy bills
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Solar may be biggest winner from Paris conference

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  • Gerard Wynn

The standout winning technology from a climate conference in Paris this week may be renewable energy, and in particular solar power, suggests a basic name-check of announcements, pledges and targets.

Carbon, climate change, fossil fuels, power generation
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Financial Stability Board pressures high-carbon assets

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  • Gerard Wynn

The Financial Stability Board (FSB) has tasked a new body to develop a consistent measure of corporate climate risk, raising the profile of the climate threat to global stability, and perhaps adding m

Britain, Carbon, carbon price, climate change
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The Disaster called RWE

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  • Gerard Reid

Being a shareholder in RWE has not been a nice place to be over the last two years with the stock price down circa 60% with the recent share price increase (17% on Tuesday alone) a mere "dead cat’s

CO2, dead cat’s bounce, EDF, Enel
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10 Energy Trends that are Catching my Eye

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  • Laurent Segalen

TREND 1. : YieldCos and developers are definitely not the magic formula to finance renewable energy. Their business plans are too aggressive for their slim equity base, and they are too much leveraged

Abengoa, carbon sequestration, coal, Enel
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The last chance for Germany’s Big 4 utilities

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  • Gerard Reid

I found it quite amusing to hear Peter Terium, the CEO of the German utility RWE say that they needed new capital for growth and that it was very difficult for them to get that capital. I say this bec

Baden-Wurttemberg, Beegy, Big 4, brown coal
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Big is beautiful: Solar Home Systems are building Energy Infrastructure

  • Thomas Duveau

A whole host of Pay-as-you-go companies have set out to serve the so-called Base of the Pyramid, or the world's poorest 4bn people. While the name Base of the Pyramid suggests homogeneity and similar

appliances, arge solar home systems, Base of the Pyramid, Big is beautiful
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Lessons from the UK’s abandonment of carbon capture and storage

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  • Gerard Wynn

Britain’s withdrawal on Wednesday of £1 billion support for carbon capture and storage (CCS) may end prospects for the technology this decade in Europe. CCS is a barely tested tool which may all

Britain, Carbon, climate change, CO2
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Why National Grid’s decision to sell its gas grid is highly significant

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  • Gerard Reid

National Grid, the UK listed group which owns and operates natural gas and electrical grid assets in the UK and the US, announced earlier this month its intention to sell a majority stake in its UK na

Amber Rudd, Borealis, Borealis Infrastructure Management, distribution grid
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GUEST BLOG-Energy Market Reform for Renewables

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  • Michael Grubb

The UK's Energy Market Reform (EMR) was introduced for two main reasons: concern that inadequate private investment under the liberalized system was eroding the UK’s security of supply, and growing

Britain, Carbon, carbon price, climate change
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Why Paris climate conference will be a success

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  • Gerard Wynn

(this blog was written before the terrible events on Friday; we see that the climate conference will go ahead in Paris, from Nov 30 - Dec 11) Can a UN conference on climate change ever live up to i

batteries, Carbon, carbon price, climate change
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